Photo by Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune

Get ready to feel the wind in your face and experience the thrill of the race at the seventh annual BPCC 100.

Capital One Bank, The Simple Church, and the BPCC Foundation have teamed up to present this year’s race. The event kicks off at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, on the Bossier Parish Community College campus, 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City. The event is FREE to the public and fun for the entire family.

This annual event raises money to help support the student scholarship fund at BPCC. Organizations participate in several ways – sponsoring a racing team, sponsoring an event, or making a general contribution.

The Simple Church is a first year event sponsor, but a yearly competitor in the race. Executive Pastor John Haigler said they are involved for two reasons — community involvement and friendly competition.

“We got involved early on as an entrant and decided this year to become a co-sponsor,” Haigler said. “When we found out the proceeds went to the students, it was a no brainier. We wanted to be part of it.”

Since its inception, the BPCC 100 has raised $270,000 to support students attending Bossier Parish Community College. To date, the Foundation has awarded scholarships to deserving students totaling over $650,000, funded in part with proceeds from the BPCC 100.

Another thing, Haigler mentioned, is the impact the race has on local businesses.

“What people may not realize is an economy booster,” he said. “The karts come to you basically unmodified, you have to purchase uniforms, the karts are wrapped locally…all of this money goes right back into our community.”

The Simple Church is just one of many teams vying for bragging rights as the best and fastest team. Last year, they came in second place behind Aneca Federal Credit Union. Haigler said they have added a third car to their team, which they hope will be an advantage.

The Simple Church has been prepping for the race since January, doing some engine tuning and chassis work. Then they held auditions for race teams. Haigler said 110 church members were interested in spots on the three teams. The field was narrowed to just 18 people, filling six spots on each team.

In addition to live racing, there will be food on site and the Simple Church’s Kid’s Pit Stop Fun Zone.

Food includes:

Garcon Du Bayou Food Truck : Catfish basket, Shrimp basket, Gumbo (bowl), Jambalaya (bowl), Seafood Bayou Boat (bowl), Bayou (seafood) Rolls w/fries, Gator Bites w/fries

BPCC Culinary Arts, BPCC Staff Senate: Hot dogs w/ all the fix’ns, Sausage Links, Hickory Smoked Hamburgers and chips, Hot Pizza (whole or by the slice), “Pile ‘em High” Nachos

Kona Ice: Variety Flavor Ice Cones

Ice-Cold Lemonade

Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Dr. Pepper, Dasani

Who will take home this year’s top prize? You’ll have to be there to find out!

BPCC 100 SCHEDULE
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8:00 a.m.        Drivers, move your axles!

Division Cup Races

8:30 a.m.        Lug Nut: Heat #1
8:50 a.m.        Spark Plug: Heat #1
9:10 a.m.        Lug Nut: Heat #2
9:20 a.m.        Spark Plug: Heat #2
9:40 a.m.        Johnny Wyatt Law Enforcement Appreciation Race
10:15 a.m.      Division Cup Championship Race
10:45 a.m.      Qualifying for Champions Shoot-Out Main Event
11:30 a.m.      Teams Throw Down Races
12:00 p.m.      Lunch Break – (Track and Pits Open to Public)
1:00 p.m.        Fans Favorite Contest
1:30 p.m.        Educational Institutions Face-Off Challenge
2:00 p.m.        A Word from 2016 Sponsors; Contests/Prize Winner
2:30 p.m.        Main Event: Champions Shoot-Out
3:30 p.m.        Trophy Presentations

For more information, visit to www.bpcc100.org.